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Recreational Boating Accident Facts

By The Watkin Law Office, PC  Sep. 3, 2013 3:37p

The Coast Guard gathers statistics every year regarding recreational boating accidents in the U.S. In 2012, they reported that 4,515 boating accidents occurred that resulted in 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and about $38 million dollars in property damage. Compared to the previous year, the number of accidents, deaths, and injuries decreased in 2012. In close to 71 percent of those boating accidents in which someone died, the victim drowned. In 85 percent of these drownings, the victim was not wearing a life jacket.

70 percent of all boaters who drowned were on a boat that was less than 21 feet in length. The most common types of boats that were involved in accidents were open motorboats (47 percent), personal watercraft (19 percent), and cabin motorboats (15 percent). The leading contributing factors in recreational boating accidents were operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, mechanical failure, and speeding. Engine failure was the most common type of mechanical problem leading to accidents. Alcohol usage was another leading factor in boating accidents; it was stated to be the main factor behind 17 percent of boating fatalities.

The primary types of boating accidents according to the Coast Guard are collisions with other boats, collisions with fixed objects, flooding or swamping, grounding, and skier mishaps.

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Negligence on the part of boat operators can lead to accidents on the water that result in injury or death to others. When that happens, those who have been harmed due to such negligence or carelessness may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Recovering a fair settlement may be essential in the face of runaway medical expenses and loss of earnings or funeral expenses and loss of the financial support of the deceased. Getting experienced and reliable legal representation is vital in such cases to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

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